KZ practicing her song for the Spring Party. The moment she tells me ” no, no, no mistakes” I know I have taught well !
Meet our teachers
We are a small team of teachers led by Mrs. Anahid Syourapian. For over 17 years piano teachers Evgeni Ninov, Anahid Syourapian, Pahram Haghighi , Tamara Usatova & Clark Baxtresser have been passing on their love for music and teaching piano lessons to students of all ages in NYC.
Lessons are customized based on each individual students’ needs and goals. We offer mainly Classical Piano lessons, ear training & theory.
We do teach Jazz, Pop and other styles in music, but our concentration is in Classical music.
Lessons take place in our Midtown west studio just 2 blocks away from Carnegie Hall, or we can come to your home in Manhattan.
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Everyone knows it is better to start learning an instrument at a young age, but do you know why?
Because, the formative young brain is receptive to new skills, the lessons become imprinted into the brain, making progress quicker and long lasting. Recently it was shown, in several medical studies, that music lessons actually cause the left side of the brain to grow to a larger capacity, which then boosts a child’s verbal skills by 20%.
The ideal age to start a young child on his musical journey to playing an instrument is around 5 years old. Younger children can join rhythm/dance play groups but I have found that, 4 y.o for girls and 5 y.o. for boys, works out best.
It is the adult’s responsibility to give this gift to a youngster. Honestly, a young child cannot see far enough into the future to know what a talent and skill it is to be able to make music for others. They don’t want to take lessons; they would rather play video games. A parent must make the sacrifice of a modest amount of money and the time to bring the child to his lessons consistently each week. The reward is a skill that will last a lifetime, giving pleasure, gaining social admiration and self confidence! A truly great gift in so many ways!
The piano teacher’s profession requires to inspire students to play with evenness of tone or regularity of delivery, note accuracy and rhythmic character, creativity and individuality, leading them to achieve successful performances that suit and reflect their particular skills, strengths and enthusiasms. This is a collaborative partnership between the teacher and each of the students, as they learn how best to portray the composer’s musical ideas in their own personal way.
Playing duets has significant value in developing musicianship skills for pianists.
After all it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to make music.
Some of the most popular piano duets ever written:
Haydn – The teacher and the pupil
Mozart – Little C Major Sonata, K. 19d
Charles Burney – Four Sonatas or Duets for Two Performers
Mozart – Sonata in F, K. 497
Schubert – Grand Duo in C, D.812
Schubert – Lebensturme, D.947
Schubert – Fantasie in F minor, D.940
Liszt – The Mephisto Waltz
Chopin – Carnival of Venice
Brahms – Waltzes op.39
Brahms – Hungarian Dances, Wo01
Brahms – The Liebeslieder, Op.52
Brahms – Neue Liebeslieder, Op.65
Faure – Dolly Suite, Op.56
Bizet – Jeux d’enfants, Op.22
Ravel – Ma mere l’oye
Ravel – Rapsodie Espagnole
Debussy – prelude a un faune
Stravinsky – 3 Easy Pieces
Stravinsky – 5 Easy Pieces
Stravinsky – Rite of Spring
Walton – Duets for Children
Piano lessons are a great way to gain a broad appreciation of music. However, the real benefits that arise from playing the piano are primarily non-musical.
A piano student who learns how to read music, use both ears, arms, legs, feet and all ten fingers, with the brain giving each body part a different assignment to perform simultaneously. No other activity allows a child to exercise all of these skills in such a constructive manner. Piano lessons, therefore, develop coordination in both mind and muscles, which transfers to many daily activities. This includes improved hand-eye coordination, greater enjoyment and ability in sports, and the full use of both left and right sides of the brain.
As a student begins to experience the benefits of concentration and coordination, he or she begins to experience a sense of confidence. Completing a difficult task is very rewarding and allows the student to feel good about what she has accomplished. As a matter of fact, learning to play the piano is one of the best methods of instilling confidence in children and adults alike. Concentration, coordination, and confidence form a foundation unsurpassed for helping students grow.
One recent MIT study determined that the cerebral cortex of a concert pianist is enlarged by 30% on average compared to people that are considered intellectuals, but who did not have instrumental music education. Another CA study found that 75% of Silicon Valley CEO’s had instrumental music education as a child.
Discipline, patience, determination and perseverance are some of the many other skills learned through piano training. Successful piano students have to work daily over extended periods of time in order to learn complex music. Piano helps students understand the concept of sustained effort, accomplish excellence and learn and to put to practice the meaning of hard work.
Why do we have to practice scales and etudes?
Because they help us develop impeccable technique, muscle memory and perfect intonation!
“All music teachers are not created equal. The teacher closest to where you live, or the one who charges the least, is not necessarily the best choice. You want a teacher who will inspire you or your child, and nurture you as you grow artistically – someone whose style and values are appropriate for your personality and learning style.” – from Concert Pitch Piano Services “Finding the Right Piano Teacher”